When the time comes to make a change of living arrangement for your senior, the most important task is to choose the community wisely. Helping your loved one get settled into a new lifestyle takes foresight and planning. A family needs to have a conversation beforehand and should consider location, comfort, finances and safety.
The first step is to visit potential communities. It is ideal to schedule tours of various communities within a few days of each other so that you will be able to make accurate comparisons (taking notes will also help with this). Once you narrow it down, visit again at a different time of day to get a more complete picture of what life there will be like. Also, be sure to talk with staff and residents and ask questions of both.
The location of the community is important to both the resident and family members who will be visiting. A well-placed community that is close to churches, stores and entertainment centers helps residents keep busy and active. In addition to location, comfort is a big concern when a change of living arrangement is being considered. In order for a place to feel like home, it has to be comfortable, and that feeling can be created in a number of ways. Whether it’s living space, activities, relationships, security or other factors, be sure to discuss with your senior his/her definition of comfort.
Though we all wish money did not play as large of a role as it does, it is something that is very important to address. Ask questions about monthly cost, available options, standard care and additional services. Addressing these topics may be difficult, but the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will be receiving the best value for your money is priceless.
As you consider Assisted Living, Independent Living and Memory Care options, know that Bethesda is here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our Communities with questions you may have. We know the process can be difficult and overwhelming at times, but you will be able to take comfort knowing that you chose the Community that is best for your senior.
Posted on Mon, November 17, 2014
by Shawn Deane